Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Azerbaijani Revolution 2011 Summary

Susan Brannon

Italy- 1 May 2011-The Protests started in Azerbaijani on the 11th of March, 2011. They are protesting against corruption, unemployment, low wages, political differences, and political repression.  Their demands are for democratic reforms, release of political prisoners, and the  resignation of President Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister Artur Rasizade.
     The demonstrators use Civil resistance, demonstrations, hunger strikes, and online activism.
     The Azerbaijani government has been responding with a security crackdown, by dispersing the protests and arresting many of the demonstrators.   The youth organized many of the demonstrations on Facebook for the March protests.  Protests have been occurring in Baku, Gambar and other towns.
    The protests continue but not as many people show up as in neighboring Armenia possibly because only 80% of the population use the internet compared to the internet usage in Armenia. 

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